Katherine is a master’s student in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and member of the Engineering SystemsLaboratory. A longtime MATLAB and Simulink user, her current research involves population modeling and simulation of pedestrian activity through transit environments. She is implementing agent-based modeling and simulation in order to capture the emergent phenomena of population groups moving across complex sites, both here on Earth and on Mars. She has used MATLAB to numerically simulate pedestrian flows in hallways using a social-force model and is currently developing a Java-based integrated, flexible platform to simulate agent behavior across multiple agent pools and simulation scenarios. Katherine earned a BS in aerospace engineering fromUniversity of Illinois.